In June 2007 the Dolomites were recognised by UNESCO as a world natural heritage site. For Reinhold Messner, the extreme mountain climber, too, the Dolomites are among the most beautiful mountains in the world.
Here at the Granvara we offer a front row seat for you to view the captivating natural spectacle that is “the Dolomites”. The Dolomite mountains of Langkofel, Schlern, Cuca, Seceda, Stevia, Chedul, Cir and Sella form the backdrop for your holiday at the four-star s Hotel Granvara in Wolkenstein.
In summer and winter alike you can experience the inspiring mountains at first hand directly from our hotel: in winter via the direct link to the famous Sella Ronda, whilst in the warmer part of the year numerous hiking routes and walks start from the Granvara.
Imposing crags, high, spiky summits, insurmountable overhangs and jagged ridges – the varied shapes, colours and valleys cast a spell on everyone, climbers and non-climbers alike. The Dolomites grew out of a prehistoric tropical sea. Around 250 million years ago, today’s alpine region was part of the continent of Pangaea, and lay considerably further to the south within Earth’s tropical climatic zone. After the Ice Age, the appearance of the Dolomites was decisively shaped by the melt water that sculpted the landscape. Undoubtedly, one of the special features that can be traced back to the unique mineralogical composition of the Dolomites is the famous alpine glow at sunset, known as “Enrosadira”.
The Val Gardena architect, mountaineer, actor and director, Luis Trenker (1892-1990), who was born in St. Ulrich, expressed his affection for the Dolomites in numerous films and books. He familiarized audiences around the world with these extraordinary rock formations.